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Indy to host Big Ten title game in 2011

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Big Ten has chosen Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis as the site for the first Big Ten football championship game in 2011.

John Dedman, spokesman for the Indiana Sports Corp., said the Big Ten approached Indianapolis to host the event, and there was no formal bidding process.

The Big Ten announced Thursday that the conference and Sports Corp. will spend the next 30 days working out details of the one-year deal. After that, the Big Ten will conduct thorough research to determine future locations.

The Big Ten said Indianapolis has been an outstanding host for its men's and women's basketball tournaments in recent years. Lucas Oil Stadium is slated to host the Super Bowl in 2012, just months after the inaugural Big Ten football title game.